Applicants must be US citizens, US noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents. (Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support.)

Predoctoral trainees must be formally admitted into a PhD program at the University of Minnesota before the training starts. Completed one year of graduate work. Ideal candidates will typically be in year 1-3 of graduate program training.

Criteria for selection of all trainees include academic performance and a career orientation toward independent research in an academic, clinical, or public health setting related to inflammation in cardiovascular biology, obesity, diabetes, and metabolism.

Trainee Citizenship
At the time of appointment to the training program, individuals selected for research training supported by NRSA institutional training grants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the US, or must have been lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence, i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or some other legal verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Fellowship Positions—Availability
There are four predoctoral fellowship positions with the program. Positions become available at irregular intervals.

Please contact the program Director Joseph Metzger (, co-director Emilyn Alejandro ( or the program manager Jean Otto ( for further information.